Music & Words | Peter Ulrich

Peter Ulrich
Peter Ulrich became inspired to play percussion and drums,when his grandparents returned from a holiday in South America and presented him with a pair of clay and calfskin bongo drums when he was about 10 years old. These bongoes remain a treasured possession to this day and feature in the track ‘Kakatak Tamai’ on ‘Enter The Mysterium’, the new album by the former Dead Can Dance drummer. the bongos inspired an early interest in African tribal drumming, as well as leading Peter to take up playing a conventional rock drum kit. In the early 80’s Peter joined his first bands, that played the local pubs and clubs. At the same time, Peter was discovering Joy Division on the one hand, and the ‘world music’ scene through the birth of WOMAD on the other - and developing a deep love of both.
When Peter met Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard in late 1982 and first heard the music they were creating as Dead Can Dance he was thrilled to discover elements of both these areas contained in a very dynamic and exciting new sound. Initially his enthusiasm on being invited to join the group was tempered by a fear that he was out of his depth and technically inadequate, but Brendan and Lisa were happy to have discovered a kindred spirit and patiently initiated him into their set-up.
Peter played drums and percussion with Dead Can Dance until 1991. Family and other work commitments, made it impossible for him to continue touring. Nevertheless, in 1995 he was invited to Ireland to participate in preliminary percussion sessions for the ‘Spiritchaser’ album, during which period Brendan offered him the opportunity to record material for a solo album. The resulting six tracks were added to two tracks previously recorded in 1990 to complete Peter’s debut solo album ‘Pathways and Dawns’ was released in 1999. It gathered a clutch of very good reviews, and began the process of establishing Peter’s own audience.
Now the follow-up ‘Enter The Mysterium’ is released by MW Records. Using an array of instruments - from African and Oriental percussion to the hammered dulcimer and oboe d’amore - and dipping into musical styles that sweep the listener from shadowy cathedral interiors to breathtaking landscapes, Ulrich’s second solo album once again sets beautiful, haunting melodies over driving rhythms to great effect. The album refuses to be categorised, as it seamlessly combines elements of renaissance, world, folk, pop, rock and ethereal musics, and has the extraordinary qualities of being both energising and relaxing, both powerful and gentle, both epic soundtrack and collection of simple songs at the same time. Lyrically, Enter The Mysterium explores a series of mysteries and beliefs which brings a further intriguing dimension to the work and makes listening to this album a completely absorbing and uplifting experience. The album includes a track called ‘Through Those Eyes’ which features both Peter’s daughters for the first time - a momentous event!


For the European release the album is remastered both into SACD stereo and SACD surround. Thanks to the multilayer system the album can be played on any cd player. The enhanced sound can only be enjoyed on a compatible SACD-player.
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